Entrepreneurs in the News
Jessica Jackley, co-founder of the microlending platform Kiva.org, has launched ProFounder, a crowd-funding website that helps entrepreneurs raise money. "As Kiva expanded, I realized that it was very difficult for a regular person to invest in businesses they love," Jackley says….Frederick Morton, a native of St. Croix, is preparing for the U.S. debut of Tempo, his Caribbean television network. "The Caribbean attitude is all about being positive and appreciating life," says Morton, whose lifestyle channel, based in Newark, New Jersey, is available on more than 25 Caribbean islands. "I want to bring that to the world."…Matt Maloney and Mike Evans, founders of GrubHub, a Web service for ordering takeout, recently raised $11 million from VC firm Benchmark Capital. "Restaurants are very good at cooking, but they're not that great at technology," says Maloney, who plans to use the money to double the number of cities the site serves to 26…. Paula Abdul has launched AuditionBooth.com, a website for submitting audition videos to casting directors for reality TV shows and commercials….Singing legend Pat Boone, 76, recently launched All-American Meats, a mail-order beef company that donates 5 percent of gross revenue to charity. "Now, families can enjoy eating fine meats and help out other people at the same time," Boone says.